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Future Taco Bell Moves Forward in Town of Cortlandville – Plans Sent to County


Hospitality Restaurant Group continued with their plans to construct a second Taco Bell in the Cortland area during the Town of Cortlandville Planning Board meeting last night. The company plans to construct the new restaurant at the former KeyBank 860 Route 13 in Cortlandville.

The new Taco Bell would be a completely new build, with the former bank branch being demolished. It will also feature new dual drive-thru lanes, which will increase the efficiency of the restaurant and capacity of vehicles utilizing the drive-thru. Inside the restaurant, seating will be available for 40 patrons.

Hospitality Restaurant Group currently owns the River Street location in the City of Cortland, among many other Taco Bell restaurants, and assured that location would remain open.

Some slight adjustments were made since the last time the company presented plans for the restaurant. One of the most notable changes was the planned removal of the old planters that have been in the rear of the former bank for decades and adjustments to the entrances to the restaurant near the traffic light into Cortlandville Crossing shopping center.

Overall, the Planning Board raised no concerns. Planning Board member Laird Updyke just wanted to clarify that the rendering of the property has parking spaces sized at 10 feet by 20 feet, the requirement in the town.

A detailed signage package is still being developed and will be submitted at a later date. The Planning Board then voted unanimously to send the site plan review to Cortland County Planning for review and recommendations.

An updated timeframe to when the new restaurant will be towards late summer. Michael McCracken, Director of Development for Hospitality Restaurant Group, said if approvals are received earlier than later, construction would begin before winter. He also noted that if it is a mild winter, work could start then too, with construction taking about 120 days to complete from start to finish.

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